Just a brief column this week, since I’m running short on time.
We send get well wishes to Virginia Dare Back, who became sick last week. Our prayer is that she can make a complete recovery.
Don and Coreen Pridemore celebrated their 58th anniversary last week with a family get-together and dinner. We had a fish fry and also had some Cajun-fried alligator meat.
Keith Pridemore had brought it from Alabama when he had stayed with his mother, Elizabeth. If only he could have been with us to enjoy it. It’s still so hard to think one of us will always be missing.
We had our two new little family members, Isaiah and Derrick to ooh and aah over while we were together.
Coman Caudill suffered a light stroke recently while at his son, Gary’s, home. He spent a couple of days in the hospital at Hazard, but gladly he is back at home with Ernie and Janie, and I also saw him and his caregiver, Ute Caudill, sitting on the porch at Doty.
Lana Pridemore took Arnetta Mae Slone to Lexington to the doctor last week. We hope all of her tests come out okay.
Last Saturday, Bob and I took Don and Coreen and went for a ride to Salyersville. It was hard to believe the damage done by the recent tornadoes.
Coreen walked up to visit Lillie Moss Hale and Mary Jo Blair at the mouth of Spring Branch. They said Kenneth and Anna Lou Blair had left Florida and were back home in Kentucky.
Bonita Adams and I brought Lyndci and baby Sadie here for a couple of days of visiting. They visited with Ellis Ila and Tammy Adams and us Pridemores and other family and friends, and stayed with Liberty, Noah and Chris Campbell. Liberty took them back to Lexington last Saturday.
Sunday evening, Bob, Kenny Joe and I took Don and Coreen Pridemore with us to Natural Bridge State Park to meet with Jessie and Andy Scott, who drove up from Lexington.
We had dinner together to celebrate Jessie’s birthday, which was April 2.
Elwood and Kathy Cornett had a visit from Elwood’s brother, Dean, of Alabama. He stayed about a week or so with them. We were all glad that Elwood and Kathy could make it to church at the Association Building in Knott County on Sunday.
Our sympathy goes out to Jessie Hampton of Doty Creek and her family in the loss of Jessie’s daughter, Kay. I’m not sure of her funeral arrangements yet, but I’m truly sorry for her family.
Don’t forget about sunrise services on Easter Sunday at the Burton Hill, Hampton and Dixon, Isom and Blair Branch Cemeteries beginning at 7 a.m.
It was hard to believe that little Maggie Pratt could already be one year old. Her picture was so cute in last week’s Eagle.
Five churches participated in the first clay pigeon shoot match in the Christ Church League on April 1. The range is on Crases Branch near the Letcher Post Office. The churches are Good News Gospel, Saving Grace, Cedar Grove, Doermann Presbyterian and Letcher Independent Baptist.
Good News won with 74 percent, and Letcher Independent Baptist had 72 percent. Matt Caudill of Letcher Independent Baptist had a perfect score — 25 out of 25. Any church with a team can contact Richard Smith at (606) 653-4789 or Frank Campbell at (606) 454-5270.